SUFFOLK - Reverend Charles Edwin Beard entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 23, 2013. He was born to Lois Beard and the late Charles Beard on December 21, 1961 in Cleveland, OH. Rev. Beard served active duty in the U.S. Air Force
for 13 years, retiring as Staff Sergeant and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for four years. He also graduated from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ), and Virginia Union University (Richmond, VA). He was the Pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Hampton, VA. Rev. Beard was married to Jacqueline Beard, his wife of 30 years. He was the father of Loreal and Steven Beard, brother of Paul and Leslie Beard and Libby Lee, half-brother of Jason Beard, and the grandson of the late Clora McKee. Rev. Beard was also a cherished loved one to a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives, and friends. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 30, 2013, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 5405 Roanoke Ave., Newport News, VA and will be officiated by Rev. Joe Carson, York River District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church. Professional services are entrusted to Poole's Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA.